- You might start with having the child use the diaper for bowel movements but he must empty the diaper into the toilet and then throw away the diaper (with supervision, of course).
- The next step might be the child stays in the bathroom to use the diaper, and continue to help with clean up.
- Then the child uses the diaper but must be seated to have a bowel movement. He can choose to sit on the toilet with the seat up or down, or maybe a chair. Eventually the steps lead to the child having bowel movements sitting on the open toilet with the diaper on.
- You then might be able to remove the diaper. If not, then you and your child can make a “magic diaper” that has a hole cut in the rear so that stool can fall into the potty. Children can usually quickly graduate out of the “magic diaper”.
The child earns a reward each time he advances to the next step. I found it helpful to have a visible reminder of the reward near the toilet. When accidents happen, he is required to be involved with the unpleasant clean-up. Remember, don’t put too much pressure on the child.